350: KING DIAMOND

King Diamond is heavy metal royalty. It’s right there in the name. As the frontman for Mercyful Fate, he (and the band as a whole) were instrumental to the first wave of black metal, as well as influencing metal as a whole in the early 80s. Mercyful Fate incorporated the 70s rock sound, particularly prog … Continue reading 350: KING DIAMOND

349: MISFITS

The Misfits, to me, invented two things - horror punk, and the devilock hairstyle. Both will forever be linked to them. In the late 70s and early 80s, the Misfits infused punk with horror and sci fi themes and imagery, as well as took influence from rock n roll and rockabilly. But, while they’ve always … Continue reading 349: MISFITS

310: RAINBOW

When Ritchie Blackmore had two songs rejected by Deep Purple he chose to record them with Elf frontman Ronnie James Dio. The experience had been such a positive one that they ultimately recorded a full album as Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow. This would ultimately lead to him leaving Deep Purple. There are two specific elements of … Continue reading 310: RAINBOW

308: AC⚡️DC

They’re Australian rock royalty, one of the most successful bands in history, and made such an impact so early on that they directly influenced other bands we consider huge influences today. AC/DC are one of only a handful of worldwide stadium hard rock bands, capable of commanding enormous audiences across the globe. And, in reality, … Continue reading 308: AC⚡️DC